The Gerald King ´Red Cross Fund’ stamps are reproductions of a set of War Bond Stamps given away for free in the Daily Mail newspaper in 1916, you had to collect daily tokens from the newspaper to get them. Gerald made his stamps around 2006 and only about 12 sets exist.
1916. Daily Mail & Evening News, Red Cross Fund (Stamps)
Complete set of ‘1916 Daily Mail & Evening News, Red Cross Fund’ reproduction Cinderella stamps.
6 Perforated stamps without values.
The stamps depict wounded soldiers and nurses taking care of wounded soldiers and in the borders of each stamp is written: “FRANK BRANGWYN, A.R.A, del” and “Printed by the AVENUE PRESS. Ltd.”.
Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), who was not an official war artist (although he produced over 80 poster designs during the first World War) designed the stamps from Brangwyn’s series of woodcuts titled At the Front and At the Base. The figures are caricatured in the vein of the American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978).
During World War I newspapers were keen to prove their patriotism and Brangwyn designed six recruiting posters for the Daily Chronicle, whilst the Daily Mail and Evening Standard both commissioned designs for War Bond Stamps sold in aid of the Red Cross.
The stamps were colour lithograph printed by The Avenue Press for the “Daily Mail Fund for the Red Cross”